Post by yorkshiremouth on May 4, 2020 13:59:30 GMT
To start things off, the nicest place I've stopped is Villa Anastasia Junior. Unfortunately, they don't have a deal with a UK travel agent at the moment, and are only renting out to ne or two Scandinavian countries.
Firstly, it's situated at Achladies, which is pretty central on the Skiathos/Koukounaries road, which is handy. The beach there is nice, and the Paradise Taverna is a great place for lunch. The resort also has the best water taxi service, running frequently at peak times, and late into the night.
The apartments are a little bit up the hill from the beach, which is a draw back, but unless you're quite infirm it's not a big issue.
The rooms themselves are lovely. They manage to combine an olde worlde Greek feel, whilst simultaneously feeling modern and comfortable.
If they return to a UK travel agent I'd book here again, I think.
When we went first in 2013, Vera had been before with family, but too long ago to be useful for choosing accommodation.
Villa Maria in Troulos is our only experience and we have no desire to look elsewhere.
So our three criteria were :- self catering, small (not dozens of rooms) and swimming pool. we chose Villa Maria from the brochure and online, relevant criterion being 16 rooms. Before the end of the first week of our fortnight, we were so happy with it that I got out the iPad and booked two fortnights for 2014. We have booked “next year two fortnights” before departing for “this year’s first fortnight” ever since.
The owner, Angela, lives on site, has a husband, son now at university and daughter schooling. They treat all guests like temporary family members and look after us as well as we wish - chat etc if you want, no worries if you don’t. Has a terrific record of helping when something goes wrong for guests. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
Accommodation is on the same level as the bus stop (18) which is a couple of hundred yards away and loads of tavernas and several supermarkets equally close and level. The beach is superb and fit people could easily jog there in 5-10 minutes, I meander along in less than 30, enjoying the walk and countryside as I go.
I won’t name any place I wouldn’t go, but every time we go I thank my lucky stars we’re not in any of those which are situated up the side of a house! And there are a heck of a lot of them!
We’ve viewed Koukounaries beach from both ends and shuddered at the idea of going on it. Conversely, we love the fast boat ride from there to town.
Villa Maria and the owners are our favourite because there’s no competition in our view.
We have stayed in a couple of different places depending on our family situation at the time. However,we have always preferred self catering to give us the freedom to try different tavernas locallly to eat.
Approx May 2006,we stayed with our 3 children at Hermes Apartments,Kolios. We had a wonderful holiday...great apartments,lovely pool area and a fantastic restaurant on site. Couldn't fault it at all and it was a wonderful first trip to the island,although I think it has changed hands a couple of times since this and has less favourable reviews.
Approx July 2008,we stayed at Morfos in Troulos. Another wonderful holiday and we found this location better as we had the choice of days at the pool for the children and also the beautiful beach at Troulos,as well as a better choice of tavernas than at Kolios.
Fast forward quite a few years to May 2014 and September 2015 when we stayed both times at Villa Maria,Troulos. These were our first holidays without the children who were all then young adults. We really couldn’t have picked a more perfect place..........quiet,beautiful and just ideally situated for plenty of eating places and the beautiful beach where we like to spend quite a lot of our time! Suits our needs perfectly and it would absolutely be our first choice when we do return.......peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings.
Thanks Janey for reminding me. I need to add that although self catering is one of our selection criteria, despite Villa Maria having cooking facilities, cooker, pots, pans, cutlery, crockery etc, our idea of self catering is not the same as some people. We “cook” tea and coffee. Self catering breakfast - cold, not even toast, and later, self catering by gobbling fruit like it’s going out of fashion.
Apart from that, we self cater by getting ourselves into various tavernas around the island.
“We cook tea and coffee”!!! i love that Dennis........😂
in my own opinion,that is all you need to do for self catering!! All I need is a decent cup,of coffee to start my day......well,2 large mugs actually.......!!!
I mention Anastasia Junior earlier.
Both times we went they had a filter coffee maker in the room/kitchen area.
Is this pretty standard, or is it usually just a kettle and sachets of Nescafe?
Good morning......or just about afternoon,I think!
Our own experience is just a kettle if I remember correctly. So,I always take my own supply of coffee and Yorkshire tea bags for my husband! And I also take my own mug which is a lot bigger than most of the small cups that tend to get provided when self catering. i love sitting on the balcony or terrace with that first coffee of the day.....just perfect!!!
Just a kettle and our mugs are sufficiently large (I’ve bought decent mugs in the past when the supplied ones didn’t suit me) and we take our own teabags and instant coffee. I have no idea how to operate a filter thing. No provisions (victuals) are provided and we don’t want them - we get what we want from the nearby mini supermarkets :- milk, sugar, salt, cherries, peaches, grapes, plums, apples, figs, grapefruits, tomatoes, yogurt, weetabix, digestive biccies, Mavrodaphne, Origami crisps. What else do we need in our room to live like kings and queens?
I have MANY TIMES googled instructions on how to put a duvet cover on with a flick of the wrist like that bloke does. That's why instructions are not my bag. I go to the instructions when all else fails and after many months, hence why I'm not interested in a filter thing. Plus which, Nescafe instant Gold Blend is the only palatable coffeee in the whole world (other coffee brands and models are available, but they taste like what Crocodile Dundee said.
For me this is a difficult question to answer as We’ve never stayed anywhere that wasn’t good. We’ve stayed in the Paradise Hotel several times and hired a car for most of our stays. The hotel is very good with an excellent restaurant and a friendly vibe on the terrace for a night cap. Views splendid. After five years of hiring a car and seing everything we wanted to see on the island we decided to rely on the hotel mini bus and then realised we wanted to try an accomodation closer to the town. We stayed at the Dajon at bus stop 3 a couple of times. Nicely finished and having everything you could need for a self catering holiday however it’s location was good, not great. We tried the Anthena Studios in town and were very impressed. Modern build, only eleven studios which are large and exceptionally clean. Owned by a delightful friendly family and having the bonus of a small pool. Well located. Must have liked it, we’ve been five or six times. Acouple of years ago we decided not to go to Skiathos and went elsewhere but we got the itch and booked a last minute stay at the Hotel Kostis in town. Friendly staff, small but nice room with a good bathroom and well located. Excellent breakfast included in price. Only negative was we had a balcony facing an inside courtyard and frequented by cats. We are not cat lovers and often had to chase them from the balcony. Last year we stayed at the Swallow Studios just along from the Amfiliki. The views from the balcony were fantastic. The studio was traditional and we loved it. Favourite woukd be Anthena..........just.